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Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

By Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR Kaiser Health News Since the mid-1800s, laughing gas been used for pain relief, but it’s usually associated with a visit to the dentist. In the early 20th century, women used it to ease the pain of labor, but its use declined in favor of more potent analgesia. Now, a small […]

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season. Why is it important to get […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk. But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Women who could […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis. In 2010, babies born to mothers using heroin were filling up so many beds in the […]

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

By Micheal Ollove Stateline Although the United States recently experienced a slight drop in maternal deaths, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has risen steeply since 2000 at the same time it fell by more than a third globally. New data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Experts say stepped-up monitoring crucial as Zika’s threat lasts beyond birth

Experts say stepped-up monitoring crucial as Zika’s threat lasts beyond birth

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As the Zika virus spreads both at home and abroad, new information is bringing to light how children — even those who at birth do not show obvious signs of impairment — are likely at a greater risk than previously believed. This possibility, experts say, is highlighting a need to better […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

By Nina Martin ProPublica Last week, researchers studying maternal mortality in the U.S. reported an ominous trend: The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas seemed to have doubled since 2010, making the Lone Star State one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to have a baby. Reproductive health advocates were quick to […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More